Working With Rose as a Floral Witch

Ah, the elegant rose! It saddens me that so many associate roses with anything other than love, beauty, grace, and blissful natural magick. And nothing has ever been more satisfying to me than growing my very own. I'll never forget when my first rose bloomed-I was hurrying off to my studio to start work, and the moment I noticed her I paused. I completely understand the expression, "stop to smell the roses." 

If you're planning on growing your own, here's some useful info.

     Roses like slightly acidic soil (a pH between 6.0 and 6.5 is ideal). A spot in full-day sun is key. Other flowers might forgive half-day shade but not most roses. Dig an ample hole (a few feet wide and at least one foot deep) and fill it with rich garden loam, compost, rotted cow manure or a combination of these.Before you put a bare-root plant in the ground, soak the roots in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight to rehydrate them. (If you bought a potted rose, just give it a thorough watering beforehand.) Clip off damaged roots and foliage. Finally, remove any flowers and most of the buds. Why? Flowers take a lot of energy. Let a new plant concentrate on establishing its roots for a few weeks first.After planting, make a shallow basin around the base so that water won’t run off. Mulch to keep weeds at bay and hold in soil moisture.  Should you spot insects, marred leaves or damaged buds, intervene immediately. Take a sample of the afflicted parts to your nursery for the right remedies. Or you can make your own with a baking soda/water mixture (two tablespoons to one gallon of water). For black spots on roses, reduce the humidity factor of your growing roses by not overcrowding/underplanting them too closely with your other plants. Spraying the leaves with a foliar feed is also beneficial.  Liquid seaweed fertilizer increases rose health and again helps them resist disease. Finally add some wood ash to your soil in winter and dig in lightly around your rose plants as black spot often occurs when there is a shortage of potash in the soil.

You will notice rose mildew, a very common rose disease, by powdery mould on the young rose leaves and later on the stems. 

Usually, if your roses are going to get mildew it will happen twice a season. 

Firstly, when it is the initial growing season where the mildew is fairly mild when it does strike.

Then later in the full swing of summer when the second attack is very strong. Here not just the leaves are affected, as in the first round of mildew, but this time the stems are affected as well.

The second attack will take place in the hottest months of summer. If left untreated, the mildew will continue through to the fall where white cottony tufts occur on your rose bushes which carry the winter spores.

A natural remedy for rose mildew again is using the stinging nettle-chamomile spray as per the above instructions.

Ordinary baking soda is also a good natural fungicide for treating mildew on roses as well as other plants.

However, an equally good homemade remedy for mildew is ordinary milk. Dilute 1 part milk in 7 parts water and spray on your roses.  Apply again if it rains, but wait for the leaves to dry first. Apply again, when necessary.

Some roses are more prone to rose mildew than others. Tea roses, China roses and Wichuraianas roses are relatively free from this disease.

Important note: Roses need good drainage!

    Rose Magick

This is a little spell for those who love many and cannot decide. 
*cut the petals of a red rose counting as many as the people you are attracted to. 
*now write the names of the lovers on the petals and throw them in the air
*the last petal to fall is the one you should go after!! 

ROSE RITUAL BATH
To make a rose ritual bath combine the following ingredients and mix to combine.

1-1/2 cups epsom salts

1/2 cup sea salt

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup dried rose petals (I dry my rose petals by laying them in a single layer atop a paper towel and microwaving for a minute.)

Place a cupful of this mixture in your bath water and reserve the rest for future use.  

While bathing, visualize the essence of beauty seeping from the rose petals and swirling atop the water.  Focus on your skin soaking in this essence and feel the light radiating through your body.  At the end of your bath, you will feel confident in your beauty and grace and ready to take on the world.

 

       Did you know that rose thorns are also powerful magickal tools?! Working with herbs that possess strong thorn energy, such as Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Rose (Rosa spp.), can be as easy as preparing and ingesting a tea or tincture or the plant. Especially if that tea or tincture is made, in part, from the thorns of the plant. Adding a single thorn to your Rose tincture can powerfully shift the brew to being not only a heart-opener but a heart-protector. Sitting and communing with living thorny plants can be another way of working with thorn magick. If neither or those two options are available, even meditating on an image of a thorny plant (such as placing a picture of a sacred Hawthorn tree on your altar) can do a lot of good.

Rose nourishes the body and is sweet medicine which calms the nervous system. Within Ayurveda, Rose is considered a rasayana (rejuvenative tonic) and medhya (brain tonic and nervine) for all of the doshas or body types. Rose reconnects to wildness, fierceness, and determined desire. To dream and want and feel and growl and move and connect with each other. So much of our unresolved and stagnant pain arises from a false notion that we know it all or at least know that our pain is permanent, what caused it is unchanging, and that this is all that will ever be. Rose reminds us that we, in fact, know very little, acceptance of which opens the path of possibility faster than a heart that has forgotten the importance of mystery will ever achieve.

   Rose Essential Oil

The health benefits of Rose Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue, cicatrisant, depurative, emmenagogue, homeostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervine, stomachic and uterine substance.

 Rose Water

 Rose water helps hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin giving it with that refreshed look. Due to its antibacterial properties, rose water also aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues. Due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It rids you of feelings of anxiety and promotes emotional well-being, thereby making you feel more relaxed.The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. It is known to treat mild scalp inflammations and get rid of dandruff. Rosewater works wonders as a natural conditioner and revitalizes hair growth.
The scent of rose water on your pillow also helps you sleep better after a long day, making you wake up refreshed. It also helps aging skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

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